My school is a Title I school, and almost half of my students come from low-income families. About 25 percent of my students either have special needs or struggle with language barriers. Many of my students have parents who work opposite shifts. This limited parent supervision in the home makes close attention to schoolwork difficult. It also places my students at high risk for chronic absenteeism and suspensions, which several of my students have already experienced.
Opportunities to turn away from education run in abundance for some of my students.
They become vulnerable to juvenile delinquency at way too young of an age. They need a school environment that keeps them tuned in and looking forward to coming to each day. I believe the right classroom environment can help achieve this goal.
These materials would make an extraordinary difference in my students' learning. With a significant portion of my students having absentee problems (attending less than 85% of calendared days), it is vital that my room fully support their learning.
A literature organizer/mailbox file system would enable students who have failed 2 or more classes in the past to have a place in the classroom to maintain their materials.
Students who want to see their work come to life on paper would have immediate access to their writing (and can receive feedback) via printed copies. They need post-it notes to support their reading, as many have failed 2 or more courses over the years and require intensive interventions.
My students struggle with basic organizational skills. Many are tactile learners, so their supplies need to be compartmentalized into distinct, clear components for easy access. They need to have binders on hand in the classroom. Mailboxes can house their supplies because their work habits need more structure. They need pencil cases and post-it notes to support them in reading complex passages, as their reading struggles are significant.
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